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AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Wendy Wan-Long Shang, The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

Lucywu Join author Wendy Wan-Long Shang as she appears to promote her debut novel, The Great Wall of Lucy Wu.

Saturday, February 5th at 1pm
Hooray For Books
1555 King Street   
Alexandria, VA    22314   
(703) 548-4092

About the book:

In this humorous and heartfelt debut about a split cultural identity, nothing goes according to plan for sixth-grader Lucy Wu.

Lucy Wu, aspiring basketball star and interior designer, is on the verge of having the best year of her life. She's ready to rule the school as a sixth grader and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her sister. In an instant, though, her plans are shattered when she finds out that Yi Po, her beloved grandmother's sister, is coming to visit for several months — and is staying in Lucy's room. Lucy's vision of a perfect year begins to crumble, and in its place come an unwelcome roommate, foiled birthday plans, and Chinese school with the awful Talent Chang.

Her plans are ruined — or are they? Like the Chinese saying goes: Events that appear to be good or bad luck often turn out to be quite the opposite, and Lucy finds that while she may not get the "perfect" year she had in mind, she can create something even better.

Wendy Wan-Long Shang has crafted an original and engaging story about learning who you are in the most unexpected ways.

 

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Randi Barrow, Saving Zasha

Zasha Join author Randi Barrow as she appears in support of her debut middle-grade novel, Saving Zasha.

Sunday, January 30th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM   
Flintridge Bookshop and Coffeehouse
964 Foothill Boulevard    
Flintridge, CA 91011   
                          (818) 790-0717

About the book:

In post WWII Russia, one boy dares to save an entire race of outlawed dogs - the German shepherd!

World War II has just ended when thirteen-year-old Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It's dangerous - some say traitorous - to own a German dog after Germany attacked Russia, so Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive.

But Mikhail's rival, Katia, is determined to find the dog she is sure he's hiding. At the same time, a soldier named Dimitri is breeding a new Russian dog at a nearby farm. So many dogs were lost in combat, to starvation, and in the slaughter of German dogs that the country is in dire need of every kind of dog.

Dimitri, too, has suspicions of Zasha's existance, and would like nothing more than to add her to his breeding program. He'll have to compete with the armed dog thieves who are also on her trail

Mikhail's inspiring journey to save his best friend, the last German shepherd in Russia, forces him to face some of life's hardest lessons about war, hate, forgiveness, hope, love, and man's best friend.

 

AUTHOR EVENT: Elizabeth Eulberg, Prom & Prejudice

Prom Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, makes several appearances in support of her new novel, Prom & Prejudice.

"Eulberg retells Jane Austen’s still popular tale of class, love, and danger both emotional and physical...For those who haven’t read the original, that will be the obvious next stop; for those who have, there’s fun to be had in forecasting how Eulberg will rescript each upcoming scene." -- Booklist


Wednesday, February 9th @7pm

Books Inc/Not Your Mother's Book Club   
Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness   
San Francisco, CA 94102   

Friday, February 18th @7pm
Barnes & Noble
3535 US Route 1   
Princeton, NJ 08540   
(609) 897-9250

Wednesday, March 9th @7pm   
Barnes & Noble    
210 Commerce Blvd   
Fairless Hills, PA 19030   
(215) 269-0442

Check out Entertainment Weekly's interview with Elizabeth Eulberg here!

AUTHOR EVENT: Elizabeth Eulberg, Prom & Prejudice

Prom Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, makes several appearances in support of her new novel, Prom & Prejudice.

"Eulberg retells Jane Austen’s still popular tale of class, love, and danger both emotional and physical...For those who haven’t read the original, that will be the obvious next stop; for those who have, there’s fun to be had in forecasting how Eulberg will rescript each upcoming scene." -- Booklist


Thursday, January 27th @ 7pm

Anderson's Bookshop
5112 Main Street   
Downers Grove, IL 60515   
630-963-2665

Friday, January 28th @ 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble
55 Old Orchard Center   
Skokie, IL 60077   
847-676-2230

Saturday, January 29th @ 2pm   
The Book Stall   
811 Elm Street   
Winnetka, IL 60093   
(847) 446-8880

Praise for The Lonely Hearts Club:

"A delightful coming-of-age story about learning to define yourself without shutting the door on love." -Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy

"The Lonely Hearts Club turns the world of teen dating upside-down, proving that a girl can ignore 'the rules' and still land squarely, happily, and hilariously on her feet." — Lauren Myracle, author of ttyl

Scholastic ALA 2011 Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Here are Scholastic's award-winning books along with free teaching resources:

Pura Belpre Award (Author) is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan

Schneider Family Book Award/Middle-Grade Category honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Michael Printz Honor Award  for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher

 

This year's Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature was awarded to Clare Vanderpool's Moon Over Manifest. The Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. See the complete list of honorees and winners at www.ala.org.

Find more great ways to teach with award winning books here

ILLUSTRATOR EVENT: Alix Delinois, Eight Days

9780545278492_sm Join illustrator Alix Delinois as he appears in support of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.

Saturday, January 15th at 11am
Greenlight Bookstore       
686 Fulton St (at South Portland)   
Brooklyn, NY 11217   
(718) 246-0200

About This Book

From National Book Award nominee Edwidge Danticat comes a timely, brilliantly crafted story of hope and imagination — a powerful tribute to Haiti and children around the world.

Hope comes alive in this heartfelt and deeply resonating story.

While Junior is trapped for eight days beneath his collapsed house after an earthquake, he uses his imagination for comfort. Drawing on beautiful, everyday-life memories, Junior paints a sparkling picture of Haiti for each of those days — flying kites with his best friend or racing his sister around St. Marc's Square — helping him through the tragedy until he is finally rescued.

Love and hope dance across each page — granting us a way to talk about resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.

Praise for Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

"Using rich acrylics and thick brushwork, Delinois (Haiti-born, like the author) creates active, emotionally charged playscapes from which the narrator often looks up gravely, making steady eye contact with viewers as if to say: I am strong enough for this. Danticat closes this powerful, affirmative statement with an eloquent author’s note." — Kirkus, starred review

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